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Avid Media Composer 6.x Cookbook

By : Benjamin Hershleder
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Avid Media Composer 6.x Cookbook

By: Benjamin Hershleder

Overview of this book

Avid Media Composer has become the tool of choice by editing professionals worldwide. Whether your project involves editing television programming, independent films, corporate industrials or commercials, this cookbook shows you exactly how to do so in a step-by-step and practical manner, and get the most out of Avid Media Composer editing. "Avid Media Composer 6.x Cookbook" is an expert, clear and logically-sequenced resource with highly effective recipes for learning Avid Media Composer essentials and beyond. It's task-based approach will help users at all experience levels gain a deeper, more thorough understanding of the software. It will help you master the essential, core editing features as well as reveal numerous tips and tricks that editors can benefit from immediately. Just some of the topics include understanding Import settings, mixing frame rates and understanding AMA (Avid Media Access), along with thorough explanations of Trim Mode, Segment Mode, and the Smart Tool. You will learn to customize your work environment with Workspaces, Bin Layouts, Timeline Views, Bin Views, Keyboard Mapping, and much more. The recipes inside are packed with practical examples, time-saving tools and methods to get you working faster and more confidently so that you can spend less time dealing with technical and operational issues and instead focusing on being creative.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Avid Media Composer 6.x Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewers


Avid Media Composer offers a great deal of audio manipulation capabilities, including volume adjustment, pan adjustment, equalization (EQ), both segment-based, and track-based effects (for example, reverb) and, now in Version 6, the capability to mix in 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound. This chapter will focus on many of the common audio mixing and effects tasks and challenges when working in a mono or stereo project.

  • As Media Composer evolves, so does the terminology. At the time of writing, here are the audio related terminology changes to be aware of:

    • Sample Plot display has been renamed Waveform display

    • Energy Plot display has been removed

    • Auto Gain (short for Automation Gain) has been renamed Volume Automation

  • At the time of writing, Media Composer provides 24 mono audio tracks, 24 stereo tracks, 24 Surround Sound Tracks, or any combination of them.

  • At the time of writing, Media Composer provides the ability to hear any 16 of the displayed 24 tracks. In Avid ProTools lingo, they'd...